Snatch markets itself with the tagline "The Healthy Beef Jerky" because it uses only natural ingredients, no MSG, no nitrates, and no preservatives. They also claim their jerky to be low sodium with varieties ranging from 50mg per serving up to 270mg per serving.
This "Peppered Ale" is described by the company's as one of their "more sophisticated of flavors". It's marinated in a pale ale, along with a blend of spices to create something they describe as "bold and rich". They also claim it to contain only 85mg of sodium per serving, making it a low sodium contender.
Beef, water, brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, spices, garlic, onion, pure orange extract.
The first thing I taste from the surface of these pieces is a sweetness, followed by a light vinegar. The onion is noticeable too.
The chewing brings in the soy sauce flavor and perhaps a touch more onion.
For being marketed as "Orange Teriyaki", it doesn't quite hold up. I don't really taste the orange. Instead, I can taste hints of fruitiness back there, but nothing that steals the spotlight as orange. The teriyaki seems well represented however. I can taste the soy sauce and a moderate sweetness, and I can taste a touch of vinegar for that fermented character. There's even a faint pungent note coming from either ginger or garlic, I'm not sure which.
Otherwise, the flavor that seems to define this jerky is the teriyaki with a bit more vinegar than normal. It even adds a touch of spiciness but not what I would consider heat. Add to that a light tanginess and a faint fruitiness.
I'm not picking up any natural meat flavors, however.
These are slices of whole meat, looking similar to beef brisket, sliced into strips of medium thickness, and in lengths ranging from one to three inches.
This is a dry jerky with a dry surface feel. There's a lot of flexibility in these strips, Biting off chunks seems easy to do, while chewing seems overall easy with a little extra effort required here and there.
The chewing texture starts out feeling chewy, with some initial chewing resistance, but seems to break down without any laborious effort. It takes on a meaty feel, and once chewed down to a soft mass, it feels very steak-like, comparable to one cooked medium-well.
I do see bits and streaks of fat on these strips, which do contribute some additional flavor. I also encountered a fair amount of unchewable tissues, mostly as stringiness that matted down into unchewable wads.
In terms of clean eating, my fingers pick up some bits of seasoning, but otherwise relatively clean.
Snatch Jerky sells this Orange Teriyaki jerky from its website at a price of $5.95 for a 3oz package. They also sell a 5-pack variety bundle for $29.75 with shipping of $5.95 to Southern California. That works out to a price of $2.38 per ounce.
For general jerky snacking purposes, at the $2.38 per ounce price, it's a decent value. I'm getting a good snackability for an overall good flavor, good chewing texture, and decent meat consistency. Compared to major brands of jerky found in stores, it has a better flavor, though at a similar to slightly higher price.
As an "Orange Teriyaki" beef jerky, at the same $2.38 per ounce price, it's a weak value. I don't really get any orange flavor aside from a faint fruitiness, however, I did get a well-noticed teriyaki flavor, much like in the authentic Japanese-style.
This Orange Teriyaki variety from Snatch Jerky offers up an authentic, Japanese-style teriyaki marinade with a touch more vinegar than with other brands of teriyaki jerky, a light tanginess and a touch of fruitiness.
I didn't, however, taste any orange flavor, which is a disappointment because I really felt that orange would make a great compliment to teriyaki. There's a light zest in this jerky that might make one think that it comes from orange peel, but I feel confident that it's actually the vinegar.
I found the chewing relatively easy, though it has some moments where the jaw muscles need to tap into a little more energy. But overall, the beef brisket style cut offers a good chewing texture.
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